6 Fun Paintings that Remind Us of Outer Banks Moments

June 19, 2019

Fish On is an oil painting of the Nags Head Fishing Pier by Outer Banks artist, Suzanne Morris

By Chelsea Reed

With so much natural beauty everywhere, it’s no wonder the Outer Banks is one of the most popular areas to visit in America! It’s also why countless artists flock to this special “ribbon of sand” for creative inspiration. Local and out of town artists dedicate their time and talents to immortalize the wonder of an “Outer Banks moment.” To celebrate this special place, here are wonderful examples:

1. The Corolla Wild Horses

Native Outer Bankers, by David Hunter

Have you seen the beautiful wild horses of Corolla? They are said to be descended from royal Spanish Mustangs who were shipwrecked long ago. Today, these wild horses roam free on the Northern Outer Banks beaches. Once you see one yourself, you’ll never forget it!

2. Beach Treasure Hunting

Beachcombing the Outer Banks, by Lauri Waterfield

The Outer Banks’ unique position between the Gulf Stream and Baltic currents is the perfect place for interesting things to wash ashore. You’ll find oysters, scallops, wampum, driftwood - and if you’re lucky enough, sea glass and sand dollars - waiting to be picked for the taking.

3. Pier Fishing

Fish On, by Suzanne Morris

Piers are essential cultural landmarks in the Outer Banks. From the people... to the salt air... to the creaking boards under your feet... there’s just something magical about an Outer Banks pier. Legendary fish tales are made here!

4. Exploring Ocracoke Island

Howard Street in Ocracoke, NC, by Gregory Kalvalec


Howard Street, Ocracoke, NC is an oil painting by Gregory KavalecBetween the rustic adventure, mystery, and beauty of Ocracoke, it’s no wonder the island is a coveted destination. There are many family friendly activities on Ocracoke. Accessible only by ferry, it’s a great place to get away from it all. Insider’s secret: even Outer Banks locals vacation on Ocracoke!

5. Surfing

Goofy Foot, by Fen Rascoe

The Outer Banks is one of the biggest surfing destinations in the world! National and international surfing competitions take place here. Hatteras Island stands out as the place with the biggest waves, but any beach from Carova to Ocracoke will do for a great surf session. Hang ten!

6. Watching a Beach Sunrise

Sunrise Promise, by Lori Goll

Nothing beats the start of your day like an Outer Banks beach sunrise. Coffee in hand... cool breeze kissing your cheeks... taking in the breathtaking sky… What could be finer? It’s well worth setting the alarm clock to wake up for.

Enjoy the Outer Banks… Moment by Moment

This only scratches the surface of Outer Banks inspired art pieces! All the featured artwork is available at Seaside Art Gallery. Did you know Seaside Art Gallery is the first one established in Nags Head, NC? More than 50 years later, we are still going strong.

Does a special Outer Banks inspired artwork speak to you? It can be yours by simply purchasing it on our website. Or, contact us today if you have questions about the piece. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is pleased to help you find your Outer Banks moment!

Chelsea Reed is a copywriter who writes online content, articles, blogs, and websites from her base in North Carolina.

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